CAIRO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A member of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party in Egypt said claims Mohammed Morsi won the election through a military deal are baseless.
Morsi, the candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, secured a victory in the June presidential election. He beat retired air force general and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in the vote.
The Egyptian Independent news service reports that Shafiq claims Morsi won the election following a deal between FJP, the Muslim Brotherhood and the former ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
SCAF, the former prime minister said, ushered in Morsi's victory in exchange for political considerations for the military leadership in a new civilian government. Gemal Heshmat, a board member from the FJP, told the news service that Shafiq was "confused" and "scared" following corruption charges filed against him.
Demonstrators have protested against Morsi's government in recent weeks, saying it's failed to fulfill promises about democracy and social justice. Human rights groups said there were reports of torture, rape and other rights abuses during the first 100 days of the Morsi administration.
A director from the Nadim Center for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims told Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram recently that there wasn't much difference between the Muslim Brotherhood leadership and that of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.